Budget Hearing - Customs and Border Protection: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 17, 2013 [open pdf - 244KB]
"This testimony compilation is from the April 17, 2013 hearing, 'Budget Hearing - Customs and Border Protection,' before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of John Carter: 'The senseless and cowardly attack in Boston is a stark reminder that we must be ever vigilant in our efforts to secure the homeland - a reminder that I know is with your folks every day as they carry out their critical mission of border security. The last two years have been marked by disingenuous budget requests and painstaking analysis by this Subcommittee - it was clear that CBP's [Customs and Border Protection] budget did not cover its personnel. It appears, upon our initial analysis, as though the FY14 request actually supports CBP's baseline staffing levels - that includes 21,370 Border Patrol agents, 21,775 CBP officers, 1,138 Air and Marine Interdiction Agents, and 2,383 Agricultural Specialists. However, the FY14 request also proposes to add 1,600 CBP officers through a down payment of $210 million in appropriated funds and 1,877 CBP officers through an unauthorized fee proposal. CBP's budget is now 72% salaries and benefits for its more than 60,000 personnel. Is now the right time to increase staffing when it is not clear that we are giving these officers and agents the right tools to do their important mission?' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Carter, Michael Fisher, Randolph Alles, andKevin McAleenan."
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